Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie opens up about his ongoing mental health issues

Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie admits there are times when he struggles to get out of bed on a daily basis.

The one-time England midfielder recently revealed he tried to kill himself ‘five or six times’ due to financial troubles.

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Lee Hendrie often works as a television pundit nowadays

And speaking to talkSPORT during Mental Health Awareness Week, Hendrie is still dealing with depression.

He told Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast show: “Sometimes when you feel like you do in these situations and people give you the backlash of, ‘oh well, he’s only depressed’ – it’s not the case.

“There are a lot of people in these situations where they need to get out of because I still struggle at times on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis where I won’t get out of bed and stuff like that.

“It’s just like where do you turn? I struggle to speak to my wife about it because I feel like I’m a burden on her.

“But now she understands what I go through and the times that I need to talk and get the situation out because if you hide things under the carpet it’s always going to come back out and bite you.”

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Lee Hendrie came through the ranks at Aston Villa
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Hendrie made 202 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in a 13-year spell from 1994.

And his one and only England cap came as a 77th-minute substitute in a 2-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic in November 1998.

Hendrie hopes his bravery to speak out about his mental health issues encourages others to do the same.

He added: “We can all earn lots of money and have all of that, almost smoke and mirrors really, and you think everything’s fine, but it’s not always the case.

“It’s hard to talk about what I did actually go through, but I just feel that if I can put a message out there that’s going to help others come out and actually talk about their problems, it is the best thing you can do.

“Hiding away and having a big smile on your face and people thinking everything is okay, it’s not always the case.

“This is what people don’t sometimes understand is that problems need to be shared at times. You need to speak to people that you feel comfortable with.

“More or less, everything that can resolved if you sit down and have a conversation and get it off your chest and it’s a big load off when you do those kind of things.”


It’s important to talk about our mental health.

If you want to talk to someone, or are concerned about someone else, the Mental Health Foundation website includes organisations that can help.

The Samaritans helpline is also open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who need to talk to someone in confidence.

Call 116 123 free today to access the helpline.

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